On Saturday I decided to attempt to use an attachment on Betty that I’d never tried before. The ruffler. It came in the box of attachments that I got with Betty when I picked her up. I had no idea what it was until I read some tutorials on vintage Singer attachments and how to use them. Here is one on how to use the Ruffler.
I have the original manual that came with the machine and it explains how to use it. I still never managed to get it to do what I wanted. I started having issues with the fabric getting stuck under the foot and stitching in place. I broke a needle. At that point I decided to look in the machine to see if something was awry.
I’m pretty religious about cleaning out my machines. Betty, my Singer 201-2, also has to be oiled regularly. I pulled out my brush and picked all the fuzzies out of the bobbin case area before deciding to remove the needle plate. I just about had a heart attack when I saw what was underneath the feed dogs.
The ruffler kept coming unscrewed and I soon realized it wasn’t going to work for my purposes so I put it away. I was happy that I rescued my feed dogs from all that gunk though. If I ever need to ruffle something I now know how to do it.
What was I working on you ask? I was making rosettes for the quilt show ribbons for my guild. One of the tutorials I liked involved pleated fabric formed into a rosette. I ended up doing it by hand.
I don’t think it turned out too bad at all. I rather like it. The fabric flower took the longest since there were a lot of steps to it but I am very pleased with how it turned out. I have six more flowers to make for other categories and I’ll be done with this particular project. Two of the ribbons are rainbow colored so I’ll get to have some fun with fabric there.
Tutorial links for those interested:
Big Bloom Fabric Flower Tutorial
Pleated Fabric Flower Tutorial
I love indie films and this was one Ringo actually heard about Safety Not Guaranteed before I did. I was disappointed when I searched local theaters on the release date and couldn’t find a theater near us that was playing the movie. We kind of gave up.
On a whim last Friday I searched again to see if perhaps something had changed. The theater down the street from us was playing it! I was so excited.
The film is very clever, sweet and quirky. I loved it. If you need to smile go see the film. Aubrey Plaza plays Darius Britt, an intern at a magazine. Her coworker decides to do a story on the person that published this newspaper ad asking for a partner to go back in time with.
I won’t spoil the ending but I will say I’m happy they don’t leave you hanging wondering if they make it back in time or not.